Wall Built to Hide Slum From Anti-Poverty Conference
Move 'just a little fixing up,' Philippine government says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 3:22 AM CDT
A protester holds a sign during a rally in Manila protesting the Asian Development Bank's role in privatizing utilities.   (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

(Newser) – Delegates attending an international anti-poverty conference in Manila this week were shielded from unsightly poverty by a wall hastily erected by the Philippine government, reports the AP. The makeshift wall put up before the Asian Development Bank conference hid the view of a sprawling slum along a creek from visitors traveling from the airport to downtown Manila. Critics called the move reminiscent of the Marcos regime but a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino defended it, saying "any country will do a little fixing up before a guest comes."

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May 3, 2012 8:58 AM CDT
Poverty is mostly genetic. Poverty comes from inferior cultural habits, which arise from inferior instincts....which in turn are spawned by inferior genetics. One can pull many examples of two countries, with the same form of government and same natural resources, whereby their economic destinies are completely different.
May 3, 2012 7:37 AM CDT
There ya go ... the least expensive ... and "prettiest" solution for poverty .... Just build a ten foot wall around it ... and paint pretty pictures on the side you can see. Wasn't that easy?
May 3, 2012 3:42 AM CDT
I wonder if they cleaned out the floaters in shit river entering olangapo, as well? Jeez what a cesspool that place was. dead monkeys and turds floating in the same water kids were swimming in : (